Fri, 25 May 2012 10:48:33 GMT | By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
The best countries to live in

A comprehensive look at which countries have the happiest citizens.



A comprehensive look at which countries have the happiest citizens. (© iStock)
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Though it might be impossible to say with certainty which countries are the happiest in the world, the OECD's Better Life Index uses 11 different variables to take a comprehensive look at citizens' satisfaction. Where does Canada rank on the global scale? You might be surprised to see how far it's slid from last year's second-place finish. Click through to find out.

* Full list of considered OECD variables: housing, income, jobs, community, education, environment, civic engagement, health, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance. All figures in USD.

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